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Government and businesses have not received notice of the new Haitian ban

SANTO DOMINGO. The National Council of Private Enterprise (Conep) and the Dominican government reported separately that they have not received any notification in relation to the ban imposed by Haiti on 33 Dominican products, a measure which, although the reason has not been established, is interpreted as a reprisal against the Dominican Republic for the application of its National Plan Of Normalization of Foreigners.

“We are waiting for the official communication; we have not received anything and I cannot speak regarding reports in the press. Besides, once it is received, I need to establish a position with my executive committee,” said the President of Conep, Rafael Blanco Canto, regarding the measure that affects several Dominican products and which was revealed to the country through several of the media.

The president of the Industrial Association of the Dominican Republic, Campos de Moya, also said that he only knows what was published in the national press and that he had had a meeting with the Haitian ambassador in this country and that he was told that the market in Dajabon was performing with normality. In this sense, he said that he expects that the information which was released is not a reality.

Last Tuesday it was said that the Prime Minister of Haiti, Evans Paul, informed the Dominican Customs Official based in Dajabon of the measure, after a meeting held in the Customs offices located in Juana Mendez.

Among the products that will not be able to enter Haitian territory starting tomorrow, which is when the application of the measure will begin, are green bananas, plantains, eggs, chickens, cabbage, lettuce and other vegetables. With respect to the issue, the Dominican government said yesterday that the Haitian authorities have not notified them regarding any ban.

Yesterday Chancellor Andres Navarro, the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ramon Peralta and the government spokesman, Roberto Rodriguez Marchena each said that they have no confirmation of this information.

Navarro said that the supposeed ban does not deserve any comment and he issued a call to the media to not be influenced by reports that do not come from an official source. “I would ask you, as the media, to provide a very important contribution to the state of law and to our country, that we base ourselves on real and official information. We who today are victims, as a country, of judgments founded on false information, do not fail as the press in making judgments and evaluations of others without having true and official information,” said Navarro.

For his part, the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ramon Peralta, also said that the information that he has are unofficial and that as a government they have not been notified.

Roberto Rodriguez Marchena, the official government spokesman, spoke along the same lines and he said that the situation that comes about when these incidents occur is always very tense, but that the government has handled all the events with Haiti with absolute serenity.

“We do not have any official information regarding that,” insisted Rodriguez Marchena.

He asked the media to collaborate because these are very sensitive issues and at this time they require the unity of the Dominican people and its government.

The President of the Dominican Association Of Exporters (Adoexpo), Sadhala Khoury, also said that the information regarding the ban on Dominican products worries many of the exporters because of the importance which the Haitian market has for them. But he said that a decision of this type would be more prejudicial for Haiti than for the Dominican Republic. “We are talking of products that the Haitians are needing, products that are going to become scarce and that are going to become expensive,” Khoury indicated after mentioning that this measure would also increase contraband.

“The measure would affect Haiti more”

The president of the Industrial Association of the Dominican Republic (AIRD), Campos de Moya said that if the information that Haiti placed a new ban on Dominican products is real, this would affect the local producers, but he said that also it would affect they Haitian consumers even more. “This is the way that they generate income through the resale of those products, but in addition it is the source of food for an important part of the Haitian population, which is to say, instead of punishing the Dominican Republic they would be punishing themselves with a measure of this sort,” he pointed out.

Source: DiarioLibre

June 25, 2015

Category: DR News |

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